tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtä-lə-rən(t)s How to pronounce tolerance (audio) , ˈtäl-rən(t)s\

Definition of tolerance

1 : capacity to endure pain or hardship : endurance, fortitude, stamina
2a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own
b : the act of allowing something : toleration
3 : the allowable deviation from a standard especially : the range of variation permitted in maintaining a specified dimension in machining a piece
4a(1) : the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (such as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure developed a tolerance to painkillers also : the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen
(2) : relative capacity of an organism to grow or thrive when subjected to an unfavorable environmental factor
b : the maximum amount of a pesticide residue that may lawfully remain on or in food

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Examples of tolerance in a Sentence

a tolerance for other lifestyles The plants have a high tolerance for heat. Some patients gradually develop a tolerance for the drug and need to be given a larger dose. Some patients develop greater tolerance for the drug's effects.
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Recent Examples on the Web Previous administrations had considered implementing a zero-tolerance policy for people who cross the border illegally. Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review, "Character Effects," 7 Nov. 2019 That means creating zero-tolerance policies for toxic behavior—then clearly stating and enforcing those policies. Marissa A. Ross, Bon Appétit, "To Make the Wine Industry Less Toxic, We Need to Get Loud," 5 Nov. 2019 Galaxycon also has a zero-tolerance policy for guns and real or realistic weapons of any kind. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "What to do and who to see: A guide to the 2019 Galaxycon Louisville," 28 Oct. 2019 Anderson was fired under a zero-tolerance policy the district implemented after six district employees were fired or forced to resign for using racial slurs in front of students in recent years. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cher took a break from her tour in England to demand that Madison schools apologize to fired security guard," 22 Oct. 2019 The Madison School District has a zero-tolerance policy on employees using racial slurs, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Black Security Guard Fired for Repeating the N-Word When Telling a Student Not to Call Him It to Get His Job Back," 22 Oct. 2019 Madison schools have a zero-tolerance policy on employees saying racial slurs. Los Angeles Times, "Wisconsin students walk out to protest racial slur firing," 19 Oct. 2019 Madison schools have a zero-tolerance policy on employees saying racial slurs. BostonGlobe.com, "Scores of Madison West High School students walked out of class around 10 a.m. to protest the firing. Madison Police Department officials didn’t respond to The Associated Press’ request for a crowd count but told the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper that about 1,500 people participated.," 19 Oct. 2019 Brandon Coats, a customer service representative for Dish, was fired after failing the company’s zero-tolerance policy on drugs. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Dish Network agrees to pay $1.25 million in discrimination case," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of tolerance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tolerance was in the 15th century

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17 Nov 2019

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“Tolerance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tolerances. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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tolerance

noun
How to pronounce tolerance (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tolerance

: willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own
: the ability to accept, experience, or survive something harmful or unpleasant
medical : your body's ability to become adjusted to something (such as a drug) so that its effects are experienced less strongly

tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtä-lə-rəns How to pronounce tolerance (audio) \

Kids Definition of tolerance

1 : ability to put up with something harmful, bad, or annoying He was running out of tolerance for the pushy young cop.— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
2 : sympathy for or acceptance of feelings or habits which are different from someone's own

tolerance

noun
tol·​er·​ance | \ ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s How to pronounce tolerance (audio) \

Medical Definition of tolerance

1 : the capacity of the body to endure or become less responsive to a substance (as a drug) or a physiological insult especially with repeated use or exposure developed a tolerance to painkillers
2 : the immunological state marked by unresponsiveness to a specific antigen

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